May 6th 2017

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I visited Charlottenburg today, my birth place. There’s an especially beautiful neighborhood (or Kiez as the Berliners call it) where many of the older buildings survived largely intact or were restored.
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And there also, on a Saturday morning and afternoon, I found a fleamarket that filled nearly every street in the few square blocks of the neighborhood.  But what really delighted me in the neighborhood was a little park, for children to play in, that was like a hidden forest in the middle of buildings.
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Unless you happened to look into the one or two passageways that lead into this beautiful little forest hidden in the middle of the city, you would miss it altogether.
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If you use Google earth, and look at Berlin with a satellite’s view, you will see a little forest hiding in the courtyards of nearly all Berlin’s neighborhoods. Former East Berlin, which was nearly treeless after the wall fell, is catching up.
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These are the places I remember playing as a child, in Berlin’s sand during the day and under the light of paper lanterns, moonlight and windowlights at night.
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126 May 6th 2017 | bottlecap
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